Study Help & Tips

Home Study

How many of us have reached the end of three or four pages of “reading” only to discover that we have no idea what was on those pages? We have failed to concentrate! Here are some suggestions to assist you to combat the four main causes of poor concentration.

Reduce External Distractions

  1. Find a good place to work and minimize visual distractions by studying away from windows
  2. Eliminate noise by studying in a quiet place without vocal music
  3. Use appropriate lighting that does not strain your eyes.

Discourage Internal Distractions

  1. Keep your Planner nearby as you study and use it to record any reminders to yourself that may distract you while studying. By writing these things down, you can clear your mind for studying.
  2. Use a concentration scoresheet. Each time you find your mind wandering, make a check mark on the sheet. Within just a few study sessions you should find that you have far fewer check marks and far greater concentration.

 Fight Fatigue

  1. Take regular study breaks. Many students find that working for 50 minutes and then taking a 10-minute break is ideal, although this varies, depending on the student and subject matter.
  2. Find your ‘prime time.’ For many students, one hour of daytime study is equivalent to one and a half hours at night because their concentration level during the day is much greater.
  3. Get your sleep at night – boys in secondary schools should get at least 9 hours sleep each night.

 Build a Strong Interest

  1. Think about why you want to learn about a given subject. Scan your textbook chapter and think of questions you want to find answers to — before actually reading your text.
  2. Senior students should form study groups to make some of your study time more lively and interesting.